Off-grid Artist Residency with the Audubon Society

I just returned from an incredible three weeks living in an off-grid cabin on Hog Island off the coast of Maine with the National Audubon Society, a conservation organization with a special focus on protecting birds and their habitats.

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In my previous artist residencies, I’ve been in national parks with miles and miles of trails to explore. This time, I had just 330 acres to hike. This allowed me to really get to know the ins and outs of the island. I most enjoyed spending time along the rocky beaches, scouring the sand for interesting creatures and plants to paint.

Bladder wrack and knotted wrack on the beach.

Bladder wrack and knotted wrack on the beach.

Blue mussels!

Blue mussels!

Attempted to make my sketchbook disappear into the barnacles on a rock

Attempted to make my sketchbook disappear into the barnacles on a rock

During my three weeks on the island, I had the privilege of leading 8 nature observation and illustration workshops for visitors to the island.